By Del Duduit
I despise a cliché, but in this scenario, I’ll make an exception.
Marc Anthony once said, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
In keeping with my theme over the past few weeks, I am writing another blog about some people I met at the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference about a month ago.
Rick, Christian and Sharvis Whitted all love what they do. During the conference, the trio worked hard all week to make sure everyone could hear what was going on at the conference. They provided the audio services for the keynote speakers and general sessions. It is a responsibility that often goes unnoticed until something goes wrong.
They did a wonderful job – not only with the sound but with their positive spirit. I know they had fun, because it was all over their faces every day. They truly enjoyed their responsibilities.
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10 KJV
This was Rick Whitted’s third time to be at the FCWC. The last time he came, he landed an agent and is now a published author and speaker who runs a career assessment business. This time, he felt it was his time to give back and help others.
“I’m pouring into this conference,” he told me. “For me, this one is about helping.”
Rick was on hand to help his son Christian and his brother Sharvis with their podcasting business. They even interviewed me for a podcast, and I had a lot of fun. Thank you to Rick for being there and setting a great example of what a father and brother should be.
Christian ran the show when I was in the chair being interviewed for my podcast. He had a wonderful Christ-like personality. I could tell he was truly having fun doing his job. He had a glow about him and was in control. By the way, he has a fantastic radio voice.
“I just love getting to meet new people and share their stories,” Christian said. “It’s a true blessing to do this.”
My podcast went off like clockwork, and it seemed like Christian and I were just having a normal conversation. He put me at ease and ran the show like a professional.
“Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father. I Thessalonians 1:3 KJV
Thanks, Christian, for your patience with me during the podcast and for trying to make me sound good.
Sharvis is a musician and a proud Seminoles’ fan. This was his first trip to the FCWC. He told me he was there to work, but he took in a lot of much needed information.
“I enjoyed everything about this conference,” he said. “For me, I had a job to do, but I learned so much about publishing and editing.”
He has plans to write a book to help musicians and worship pastors. He wants to disciple those who are creative in the ministry, help them navigate through life’s complexities and encourage them to be “sound” in their personal faith in Christ.
During my time at the FCWC, I learned so much about the Christian publishing world. But I also learned a lot from Rick, Christian and Sharvis. I only spent a few days with them, but their attitude was admirable.
Their dedication to their “job” was evident, and their ability to witness to others was bold. I really appreciated what they did for everyone at the conference.
The lesson learned here is to have fun in whatever you do and let your light shine for Christ. You don’t have to be in people’s faces to let others know you serve a living God. But you must not back down either.
Just be polite, professional and bold.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 KJV
Do you let your light shine? If so, how do you do it? Do you have fun in your work and find opportunities to let others know about God? Let me know your thoughts.